6’8” 230 LBS F
35 G | 34.1 MPG | 18.9 PPG | 48.8 FG% | 42.4 3FG% | 73 3FG | 78.5 FT% | 6.8 RPG | 1.5 APG
• A change of basketball scenery yielded a change of involvement and corresponding production on the court for Ojeleye, who spent the first two years of his collegiate career at Duke. During that period, the Kansas native appeared in a total of 23 contests, averaging just 6.2 minutes per game. After sitting out the 2015-2016 campaign as a redshirt, Ojeleye took off in his lone playing season at SMU. He powered his way to American Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors, ranking first in the league in total points scored (663), third in scoring average, and first in overall offensive rating (a whopping 132.0). Ojeleye reached the 30-point mark twice, and sunk at least 20 points 13 times.
Here are highlights from his monster 30-point, 10-rebound effort at Temple in February.
• In terms of his offensive game, Ojeleye excelled in isolation, and also in respect to his ability to cut to the basket, scoring over 64 percent of the time in both situations, per Synergy Sports. Also very much worth noting is that not only did the forward produce in volume from the perimeter – nailing the seventh-highest 3-point total in the AAC – he proved reliable from outside the arc as well, generating the league’s third-best 3-point percentage. Lastly, and not unrelated to the success he had driving to the hoop, the chiseled Ojeleye routinely got to the foul line. He finished the year ninth in the AAC in free throw percentage, and first in makes (172) and attempts from the stripe (219).
• Ojeleye was highly-touted and highly-decorated coming out of Ottawa High School in northeast Kansas. He arrived at Duke having earned the Parade Magazine National Player of the Year award, and holding the Kansas state record for most points scored in a high school career. Part of a Duke freshman class stacked with future pros Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood, Ojeleye found minutes in Durham tough to come by.
Did You Know?:
Ojeleye’s family roots can be traced to Nigeria, the country from which his father emigrated to the United States in order to participate in a medical internship program in Kansas. Ojeleye’s brother also played basketball at the Division I level, doing so at Kansas State.
Quote of Note:
“Mentally, my faith allows me to keep working hard, do the right thing every day, no matter what the outcome is. I know if I keep doing the right thing, it’ll work out, and I’ll get what I deserve at the end. I felt like I needed a fresh start [transferring from Duke]. I got into a bit of a rut of poor play on my part. I think I couldn’t shake a lack of confidence I kind of developed. I needed a fresh start, some time to really pull myself together and get right.” – Ojeleye, NBA Draft Combine [5/11/2017]